(By Kate Bouey)
North Okanagan RCMP arrested two people and seized 74 weapons last week after responding to a shots fired incident on a rural property in Spallumcheen.
Police were called to a residence in the 1640 block of Simons Road last Thursday, Apr. 19, around 7 p.m.
“Investigators learned that shots were being fired in close proximity to a public roadway and other homes,” said Const. Kelly Brett, RCMP spokesperson, in a press release. “General Duty officers located a residence where bullet holes were scattered through vehicles on the property in question.”
Brett said a man and a woman were taken into custody. While no charges have been laid, the two are scheduled to appear in court in June.
“Further search of the property, led police to find numerous firearms and ammunition being stored in an unsafe manner. Over 70 firearms were seized from the property, including both non-restricted and restricted firearms with numerous rounds of ammunition and magazines.”
Brett said no one was injured but expressed concern over the storage of the weapons.
“When they are not stored properly it makes it easier for them to be stolen for criminal use.”
Anyone who would like to surrender unwanted firearms are asked not to take them to police detachments. Instead, they should call local police and ask for officers to pick them up. “Leave it securely stored so the officer can ensure the firearm is unloaded and safe for transport,” said Brett.